The French president Emmanuel Macron urged Wednesday to the israeli police to kindly let them enter the church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem, in a scene recalling an incident that had involved Jacques Chirac in the 1990s, found the AFP.
“I don’t like what you did in front of me” (I don’t like what you’ve done to me”), he yelled to Mr. Macron at a police officer in israeli planted in front of him in the entrance of the church, French territory in the Old city of Jerusalem.
“Go outside I beg you, no one has to cause the person, this is understood?”, launched Mr. Macron in English. “We remain calm, we made a beautiful walk, you are doing a good job in the city and I appreciate it, but please, follow the rules established for centuries, they will not change with me, I can tell you”, he added.
“This is France here, and everyone knows the rule”, he stressed, always in English, the head of the French State, who improvised a walk in the Old city of Jerusalem, where he had only planned to visit the church of Sainte-Anne.
The basilica of Sainte-Anne, built by the Crusaders in the Twelfth century and offered by the ottoman Empire to France in 1856, is one of four French territories in Jerusalem.
It is in this area of Jerusalem Is that the former French president, Jacques Chirac had won in 1996 against israeli soldiers that framed her too close to launching its now famous “Do you want me to go back to my flat?” (Do you want that I go back to board my plane?), before demanding that the military leave the area of Sainte-Anne.
On Wednesday, a few hours before the arrival of Mr. Macron on the spot, a clash took place between members of the group responsible for his security and a member of the israeli security forces who wanted to enter the basilica, according to journalists on site.
Author(s): By AFP – Jerusalem